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Upcoming CelticMKE Symposium Will Showcase the Connections Between Irish and African American Experiences on CelticMKE’s YouTube Channel

On January 16, CelticMKE will host a virtual symposium, presented by Associated Bank’s Cultural Awareness Colleague Resource Group. The symposium will feature four presentations, beginning at 12pm Central discussing the similarities between Irish and African American experiences led by leading experts.

The Irish Consulate General of Chicago, Kevin Byrne, will kick off the symposium, along with a special message from Nettie Washington Douglass and the African American Irish Network Diaspora.

Here is the schedule of presentations:
Ten Abolitionists Who Visited Ireland, presented by Dr. Christine Kinealy

Leaving Home in Search for a Better Life, presented by Gerard Moran and Robert Smith


Equal Rights Heroes, presented by David Greenberg and Tim McMahon


Two Roads Diverged: Irish and African American Common Grounds through Music, Dance and Humor, presented by Leni Sloan and Mick Moloney

Leni Sloan



CelticMKE’s virtual symposium will be available to tune-in on the CelticMKE YouTube channel for free. The program begins at 12 pm Central. Visit celticmke.com/symposium to read presenter bios and descriptions of each presentation and to subscribe to their YouTube.

In addition to the January 16 Virtual Symposium, CelticMKE and the UWM Center for Celtic Studies proudly present their annual Chuck Ward Memorial Lecture. The lecture will premiere on January 14 at 7:00 pm Central on CelticMKE’s YouTube channel and will also be available to watch for free. Dr. Christine Kinealy will present on Frederick Douglass and His Songs of Resistance.

This virtual program is presented by Associated Bank and is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.